SUU Inauguration Week: Speakers Forum to Host Acclaimed Leaders

Published: September 10, 2007 | Read Time: 2 minutes

Three nationally-acclaimed speakers will discuss principles of effective leadership at Southern Utah University’s Inauguration-week Leadership Convocation at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 20 at the Heritage Center in downtown Cedar City.

The evening’s speakers include Vice Chairman and Franklin Covey Co-Founder Hyrum Smith, NBC Philadelphia Sports Anchor and retired NFL Pro-Bowler Vai Sikahema, and Miss Utah and Utah National Guard Sergeant Jill Stevens. Each guest has been selected based on his or her success as a leader and role model, and all will provide insight on how they accomplished their endeavors. The leadership convocation is in honor of SUU’s incoming President Michael T. Benson.

As Vice Chairman of Franklin Covey, Hyrum Smith has encouraged millions to gain control of their personal and professional lives through value-based time and life management. He is recognized worldwide for his motivational books on time management and life success, such as What Matters Most, The 10 Natural Laws of Successful Time and Life Management, and The Modern Gladiator. Smith is a 1971 graduate of Brigham Young University, and has recently received the International Entrepreneur of the Year award by the BYU Marriot School of Management.

Vai Sikahema, former all-pro NFL starter for the Green Bay Packers and Philadelphia Eagles has worked as a sports news anchor for over twenty years. He is currently a sports director and anchor for NBC 10 News in Philadelphia. Additionally, he hosts the show, “Wednesday’s Child”, a pro-adoption segment sponsored by the National Adoption Center, Freddie Mac Foundation, and NBC 10. Sikahema is a graduate of Brigham Young University and was a team player of the undefeated 1984 National Championship BYU football team.

Jill Stevens was crowned as this year’s Miss Utah, is the reigning Miss Davis County, and was Miss Southern Utah University in 2006. Stevens graduated from SUU in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She’s also served in the Utah National Guard for the past six years, where as part of the 211th Aviation Group, she worked as a combat medic, aiding soldiers and native villagers in Afghanistan. As Miss Utah, Stevens is currently traveling around the state to promote her pageant platform, emergency preparedness.

The event, which marks the eve of President Benson’s official installation ceremony, is free and open to the public.

-About Inauguration Week-

SUU’s Inauguration Week will last from September 17-21. Throughout the week, there will be open events honoring President Michael T. Benson.

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